Favorite films

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Omen
  • City of the Living Dead
  • The Wicker Man

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  • The Mutilator

    ★★

  • Dogged

    ★★

  • X

    ★★½

  • After Midnight

    ★★½

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  • The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera

    ★★★★★

    I was lucky enough to watch this on Halloween night at Birmingham Town Hall with Donald MacKenzie playing the organ throughout, and it has to be one of my all time favourite cinema experiences.

    The Phantom of the Opera is a beautiful ode to a bygone era and is a truly captivating film despite its simple premise. A large portion of its allure is derived from its sheer spectacle and gradeur, but its unusual atmosphere and iconic performances secure its…

  • The Devil Rides Out

    The Devil Rides Out

    ★★★★½

    "In 24 hours, Simon could be lost to us forever...."

    Much like its occultism contemporaries, The Devil Rides Out isn't without its goofy elements. Nonetheless, it secures its place as one of the best films spawned during the satanic panic era of the 60s/70s. Hammer deliberately avoided depicting themes of occultism and Satanism in their earlier filmography, mostly due to fears of backlash from the church and British censors. In many ways, The Devil Rides Out is a daring departure…

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  • X

    X

    ★★½

    I'm not a fan of Ti West and from what I've seen so far, I'm not much of a fan of A24 either, but after seeing so much praise for this film I went in fairly optimistic. Unfortunately, X not only felt really vapid, but also bored me absolutely shitless.

    The words "elevated horror" usually incite me with dread and annoyance, but this film excelled itself on that front and just felt like an extended exercise in stigmatising old people…

  • After Midnight

    After Midnight

    ★★½

    Sure, Hank pining after his runaway girlfriend is sad and all. But after he made peanut butter and jelly wine, my sympathy for him is limited. Not quite as limited as my patience, mind you, past the one hour mark when still absolutely nothing had happened.

    What could've been an emotionally investing film, or at bare minimum a cool creature feature/body horror, was instead an absolute chore to sit through. And when the creature finally decided to rock up after…

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  • As Above, So Below

    As Above, So Below

    ★★★★

    "This is Siouxsie, the banshee."

    As Above So Below is definitely one of the strongest found footage horrors I've seen. Typically, I don't gravitate towards the subgenre, as so many directors use it as a cop out to be downright lazy (I'm looking at you The Houses October Built). Also, shaky cam has a tendency to drive me crazy.

    Comparisons to The Descent are inevitable, but as far as I'm concerned As Above So Below establishes its own distinct narrative.…

  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    ★★★½

    I had very low expectations for The Conjuring 3 but colour me surprised, it's actually half decent! Insidious took a considerable nose dive beyond the second instalment and after seeing the uninspiring trailer for this, I wasn't convinced The Conjuring would be any different.

    As opposed to its precursors, the third instalment is more concerned with plot than atmosphere. That's not to say it's completely devoid of creep factor, but the narrative feels a little too meandering and the crux…